A Descriptive Catalogue of the Naval Manuscripts in the Pepysian Library at Magdalene College, Cambridge, Volume 26 (Google eBook)

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Page viii - wish it to be distinctly understood that they are not answerable for any opinions or observations that may appear in the Society's publications. For these the responsibility rests entirely with the Editors of the several works. PREFACE
Page 120 - In view of these facts it is not surprising to find that during the second war with Holland the organisation for supplying men broke down. The first order for a press made before the war is dated 7 June, 1664,* and at the time there was no scarcity of mariners.
Page 99 - and above all things the navy, out of order') ; ii. 136 (13 Nov. 1661) ; ii. 270 (28 June, 1662 : 'God knows ! the king is not able to set put five ships at this present without great difficulty, we neither having money, credit, nor stores'). 1 SP Dom. Car.
Page 98 - Thus it is not surprising to find an entry in the Diary, as early as 31 July, i66o, 7 complaining that the navy ' is in very sad condition, and money must be raised for it;' and similar complaints in the year i66i, 8 1 Pepysian MSS. Admiralty Letters, xv. 470.
Page 122 - end all the ships we can possible to the Downs. God have mercy on us ! for we can send forth no ships without men, nor will men go without money, every day bringing us news of new mutinies among the seamen ; so that our condition is like to be very miserable. 1 * SP
Page 38 - the right honourable the lords commissioners for executing the office of lord high admiral of England ' (Pepysian MSS. Admiralty Letters, v. 104). 4 Pepys describes the effect of the commission by saying : ' His Majesty was pleased to put several parts of the said office into commission, retaining the rest in his own hands' (Pepysian MSS. Miscellanies, xi. 221).
Page 167 - in that the common seamen with us are so besotted on their beef and pork as they had rather adventure on all the calentures and scarbots in the world than to be weaned from their customary diet, or so much as to lose the least bit of it
Page 18 - laziness ' and ' many abuses ; ' 4 and even at Chatham ' great disorder by multitude of servants and old decrepid men.' 5 But although he himself expresses great dissatisfaction with Commissioner Pett at Chatham, and remarks that nothing is ' in better condition here for his being here than they are in other yards where there is none,
Page 39 - and in this form it continued until 14 May, 1679.* Upon the surrender of the Duke of York ' his Majesty was pleased' to call Mr. Pepys, 'the only survivor of the first . . . set of officers of the navy at his restoration, from his charge of clerk of the acts to that of secretary
Page 127 - length and badness of the payment of the seaman's wages ' first among his ' discouragements.' This, together with ' their ill-usage from commanders, and want of permission to help themselves in intervals of public service by a temporary liberty of earning a penny in the merchant's,

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